A realm at war. The star dragons struggle under the oppression of an unseen foe—a creature of terrible power, who seeks to shape all of space-time into a web of subjugation and death. The Dream Mountain, source of knowledge and life to the dragons, is held by the enemy; and yet, hope burns in the dragons’ hearts. According to ancient prophecy, One will come from outside to challenge the darkness. Star pilot Jael LeBrae may be that savior. Once before, she aided the dragons in their struggle, and now she must return to face at last the terrible wrath of Tar-skel. But if the prophecy holds true, the price of victory over the darkness will be Jael’s own life.
Captivating sequel to Dragons in the Stars, Dragon Rigger is science fiction with mythic dimension, from the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity’s End and The Chaos Chronicles.
“Dragon Rigger is a most excellent adventure that would make a grand movie if it were not that the special effects budget would surely be quite brutal even in this age of computer animation.... If there is a motto for this novel, it is solidarnosc, solidarity, the power to be gained by sticking with one’s friends, even by sacrificing for the good of others...there is immense verve, energy, momentum, and power...the reader stays with Carver all the way.” —Thomas A. Easton, Analog
“A refreshingly unique setting and excellently realized characters.” —Publishers Weekly
This intricate but bloated sequel to Dragons in the Stars blends two highly original universes, one SF, one fantasy. The Flux is the mutable hyperspace used by ``riggers''--space-pilots--to cover interstellar distances. Somewhere in the Flux is a magical realm inhabited by talking dragons and other fantastic creatures who are locked in a cataclysmic war with a force known as the Nail of Strength. Although struck a heavy blow in the last book, this entity has more than recovered and now threatens even the universe beyond the Flux. The dragons' only hope is the female rigger Jael, who has fought beside them in the past and was prophesied to return as their savior. Jael is an appealing heroine, but, given her centrality, she appears in too few scenes. Despite a refreshingly unique setting and excellently realized characters, Carver's fantasy plot is standard and predictable, dragging on with little action and an excess of agonized internal monologues. Though it has some emotionally powerful moments, this work is weaker than its predecessor.